According to today’s Mercury News, Northern California residents can breathe easier now, as our fire season should be over and the danger minimal. The thoughts and prayers of Bay Area residents now go out to our neighbors in Southern California who are affected by these fires -a holocaust that has resulted in 250,000 evacuations and over 655 lost homes as I write. A San Diego resident I spoke with earlier today described the area as a “war zone”.
We remember, all too well, the Oakland fires that cost 25 residents their lives and destroyed 3,000 homes.
Santa Clara County has sent 15 engine companies and 12 deputy sheriffs to the affected areas, along with fire crews from San Jose, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Gilroy, Milpitas and Saratoga. The Santa Clara Valley Red Cross Emergency Response vehicle is also on its way to help out.
For those who want to follow the progress of the fires, and containment – this Google map site has the all the latest news.